Job Search Strategies
If you've begun you job search there are a number of techniques and strategies that will be helpful to you. Each of these different methods could encompass its own individual page but the purpose here is to give you a general overview of typical methods of job hunting. As with all career oriented topics this is far from an all inclusive list, but hopefully can provide you with a general overview of the different commonly used techniques.
After you've read through these suggestions, visit the career services office for an appointment in Gengras Student Union 309. With job postings on our CareerBridge system and a variety of both subscribed to and free job search resources we can provide you with a wealth of information and guidance. We can help to customize the things briefly touched on below to suit your strengths and preferences as well as delving into more detail about how to go about using the methods below in an efficient way.
As you have hopefully read in the previous section, networking is typically sited as the most effective way to get your name out there in order to find out about opportunities in your field. Friends, parents, acquaintances, neighbors, faculty or even your doctor or dentist could all be good people to ask about how they can help. For more information contact us at the office if you have any other questions.
From sites you've probably heard of like Monster and CareerBuilder to professional organization websites and hundreds of other new sites popping up almost daily, the internet is fast becoming THE place to look for job postings. The list of resources is often overwhelming and it can be good to find a few you are truly comfortable with and start there. Don't be discouraged if you aren't the perfect candidate for a position either. Take an honest evaluation of whether you feel you could complete the key functions of the position. If you are close on education or have experience in related fields, that can often be enough. If you really aren't sure if you qualify for a position contact the office and let us help guide you.
Agencies and Recruiters
When using these services the most important factor is to research the organizations or people before you work with them. Agencies often have internal connections with companies that can make them a very valuable source of hard to find job postings. Be careful that agencies do not try to bill you for their services as there are plenty of good ones that don't. Before you sign any contracts try to have someone knowledgeable in legal language look it over with you to make sure you aren't giving anything away inadvertently. As with most resources, there are pros and cons and a smart job searcher always tries to be as informed as possible before making decisions.
Many organizations from state departments of labor to colleges and private organizations put on career fairs on a regular basis. Many colleges will allow people to attend even if they aren't students or alumni; just make sure to contact them ahead of time as you don't want to get turned away at the door. Bring multiple copies of your resume and be ready with a brief, 10-15 second, introduction speech and an ability to articulate what you are looking for in a job. You will get the opportunity to directly meet people responsible for recruiting and may not get a better opportunity to network.
Direct Contact by Mail or Phone
Had you forgotten about the tried and true method of directly contacting employers? Despite the rise of the internet this is still a commonly used technique to find out about jobs that may not have been posted or simply to conduct informational interviews and make a first impression. While it will often result in the response, "We don't have anything right now," there is still the possibility of making contact and developing leads that will be useful later on.
Brief Listing of Online Resources
This is the link to CareerBridge, the Career Services Office's job posting board. When employers contact us we will post jobs and internships to CareerBridge so students can find them and apply. Career Events such as fairs and on campus recruiting will also be listed on the site.
General Job Search Sites:
On these sites you can find jobs in virtually any field with any job title. Some of them allow you to post a resume and create a public profile if you'd like where employers can search for and view your resume. There are always more sites but these are the most well known currently.
Non-Profit Job Searching:
Some of these are job posting sites while others are volunteer year experiences. Both have real value in expanding your abilities and work history for future employment. Some provide opportunity to cause real tangible change in communities at home and abroad.
Examples of Industry Specific Sites:
http://www.dice.com/ - Jobs in technology
http://www.sciencejobs.org/ - Jobs in the sciences
http://www.ctreap.net/ - Connecticut jobs in education
http://www.efinancialcareers.com/ - Jobs in business and finance
Government Job Sites:
In addition to these free sites the Office of Career Services also subscribes to and maintains several sites that might be of interest to you. Please contact us to gain login information or set up an appointment to look through the postings.
Overall, these are just a small sampling of the public sites that are out there, but if you search these you will find opportunities whether the economy is doing well or struggling.
Ultimately whatever technique you are most comfortable with is the one you should use. Just remember that searching for a job is not a part time pursuit. To be truly successful in your search the search itself must be treated as a full time job. You will feel better having been productive for the day, and will get more applications out there. With any luck that positive energy and natural progress will have you in a job you enjoy in no time!